Zuckerberg fuels Free Basics vs net neutrality debate in India

New Delhi : First splashy full page ads in major Indian newspapers and now a personal piece by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a leading English daily defending Free Basics, the war over "free" or “selective” internet services for the poor and net neutrality has entered a new phase.

Americans attacking Sikhs thinking they're Muslims: Daily

By Arun Kumar

Washington : As police investigate an attack on a Sikh man in California as a hate crime, a media report said violence and intimidation against Sikhs in the US has intensified since 9/11 terror attacks.

In the latest of a string of incidents targeting US Sikhs, Amrik Singh Bal, a 68-year-old Sikh resident in the Fresno area of California, was attacked by two white males in their 20s before dawn on Saturday morning while he was waiting for a ride to work.

Reflections: The year gone by; the challenges ahead

By Jaspal Singh for

Great and astonishing changes are taking placing in the world. The modern world that was brought into being by European Enlightenment, limited as it was in its scope and breadth, is being torn asunder to smithereens by the financial oligarchy. Peace, National Sovereignty, Public Health, Public Education, Social welfare are things of the past. The ruling circles have torn social contract to pieces.

Modi's statesman-like Lahore trip: Must create mirror image at home

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Nawaz-Modi meeting to have far-reaching impact on peace'

Islamabad : The meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif will definitely augur well for the foreign secretaries' level talks scheduled in January in Islamabad, according to media here.

The meeting between the two prime ministers was welcomed by politicians in both India and Pakistan while the UN, the US, China and other countries have termed it a positive development which would leave a far-reaching impact on the regional peace, The Nation reported.

Love in the age of intolerance: A story from Dubai that restores faith in humanity

In the age of intolerance where humanity seems to be divided by border and religion, a number Muslim professionals of India went out of their way to help Pakistani and Hindu Indians workers abandoned in a foreign land.

By, Special Correspondent

Muslims should not become defensive: preventing radicalisation remains a top necessity

By Kaleem Kawaja for

Aim to create positive influence for women within the boundaries of Shari'ah: The Muslimah Network

The Muslimah Network is a website dedicated to stories and commentary on Muslim women from an Islamic perspective. Started by the UAE-based writer/graphic designer Aysha Abrar, the site is a one-stop platform for Muslim women to find gender-related resources, counselling, discussion forums and work-from-home jobs.

In this Interview to TCN’S Shaik Zakeer Hussain, Abrar shares her thoughts on the site and their goals for the future

India, Japan ink 3 agreements for railway cooperation

New Delhi : India's railway ministry on Sunday said three agreements has been signed with Japan during the ongoing visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, including on a loan for high-speed rail link between Ahmedabad and Mumbai using Japan's Shinkansen bullet train technology.

"The (Japanese) loan is for a period of 50 years with a moratorium of 15 years, at an interest rate of 0.1 percent," said a railway ministry statement.

Saudi Arabia elects female politicians in historic vote

Riyadh : At least four women have won seats in Saudi Arabia's municipal polls, the country's first-ever elections open to female voters and candidates, local reports said on Sunday.

The female candidates were elected to three councils -- two in Ihsaa governorate and one each in Tobouk and Makkah -- as votes were still being counted on Sunday, Al Jazeera reported.

Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi was elected to the council of Madrakah, a region in Makkah, the official SPA news agency reported, citing election commission president Osama al-Bar.